The Impact of Discrimination in Law and Legal Processes on Women and Girls – Some Case Examples

Submitted to the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice, this paper presents recommendations on new legislation or improved implementation of existing legislation to remove barriers to justice. Using case studies drawn from 20 years of work with grassroots organizations, the submission illustrates the harm done where there is no a law in place to protect the rights of women and girls; where there are explicitly discriminatory laws in place; and where there is a good law but implementation is poor or inadequate.